BALER, Aurora -- “This province is now drug-free”.
This was reported by police provincial director Senior Supt. Randolf Balonglong, saying that since the war on drugs began on July 1, 2016, the police have been doing their best, thus resulting in the declaration of this province as drug-free.
Based on reports, 151 Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) and eight Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (MADACs) released their certifications that this province is now free from any forms of illegal drugs.
The parameters are non-availability of drug supply, absence of drug transshipment activity, absence of clandestine laboratory, absence of drug warehouse, absence of marijuana cultivation, absence of drug den, absence of drug pusher and drug user, absence of protector, active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities, existence of drug awareness and related programs.
This report was recognized by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional office in Central Luzon that Aurora belongs to declared drug- free province.
The PDEA-Central Luzon has acknowledged the drug-free declaration of the three provinces, namely Bataan, Aurora and Zambales and the cities of Angeles and Olongapo, based on the reports of Police Regional Office 3 that came from BADACs and MADACs in the region.
PDEA agent Christian V. de Honor, chief of Barangay Drug Clearing Team, said Aurora now belongs to the provinces and cities with 100% drug-free. The percentage of drug-cleared in other areas in the region are the following: Nueva Ecija (94.66%), Tarlac (92.79%), Bulacan (84.51%) and Pampanga (62.34%).
Data also showed that of the 3,102 barangays in Central Luzon, 2,837 are affected while 265 barangays are unaffected by illegal drugs.